Reconciliation, NAIDOC and Sorry Day Program
At the City of Salisbury, reconciliation is important to us. We have a long history of delivering programs to enhance relationships, respect and opportunities with the Aboriginal community.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
A program of community engagement and cultural awareness activities for the community and cultural competency training for community members.
National Reconciliation Week is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community. Let's come together to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation.
Reconciliation Action Plan
The City of Salisbury’s reconciliation journey continues with the 2019 to 2021 Reconciliation Action Plan; with the Vision “Enhance recognition, relationships and respect for Aboriginal culture to enrich our inclusive community".
Please download our Reconciliation Action Plan.
View the launch of the City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan below.
The City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group recommends the following Acknowledgement of Country wording:
The City of Salisbury acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
The Kaurna language translation of this statement is:
City of Salisburyrlu tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka inparrinthi. Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku, Purkarnanti puki-unangku yalaka kuma.Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampinthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.
City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement to Country’ Protocols and Guidelines
These Protocols and Guidelines provide information about the reasons why recognition of Country is important and the process of implementing the protocols within the City of Salisbury.
2022 Selected Aboriginal dates
Indigenous Art in Salisbury
'Together Woven': by Marijana Tadic and Alexis West.
'Together Woven' is a heritage marker in recognition of Kaurna people as the original inhabitants of the Adelaide plains. Its shape and references speak clearly and proudly of Kaurna culture. The site incorporates text in the Kaurna and English languages, as well as a time capsule promoting awareness and wisdom of the Kaurna people and their way of life. 'Together Woven' was the winner of the 2013 KESAB Sustainable Cities Award for Heritage and Culture, and a finalist of the 2014 National Awards (Local Government Category) for promoting Indigenous recognition. Read more about Together Woven.
Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
On Wednesday 5 September 2012 a conversation around Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians was held at the John Harvey Gallery. The conversation included a special discussion panel, comprising of the Honourable Robyn Layton, Professor Peter Buckskin, Tony Zappia MP and Khatija Thomas.
Page image credit: ‘The Meeting Place’ by the following artists at the Pooraka Farm Community Centre: Rosemary Barrie, Maria Gruber, Lorraine Gum, Upasana Srvastava, Sunil Vig, Frank Wanganeen, Gary Zuber.